Yay for the weekend!

Another hot but lovely weather weekend coming up for Montana!

Last weekend and for a portion of this week I got a lot of solar dyeing accomplished, I presently have 18 skeins of sock yarn to finish reskeining. Some will be making an appearance in my Etsy shop, I will be sure to put out an announcement on the Fabulosity Yarn by Joy Hayworth Facebook page when I’m ready to go live.

As much as I would rather not heat up my kitchen with the dyepots when the weather is so warm, I will be doing so on Saturday as the next round of dyeing I want to do involves handpainting yarns and rovings and I will use my oven to set the dyes. Fortunately the mornings are wonderfully cool and all I have to do is open the patio doors and let the breeze come in, it keeps things way more comfortable when I do so.

I will also be spinning this weekend, perhaps outdoors on the back deck in the early evenings when it’s not so warm out there. I have a good assortment of things on deck for spinning: merino blend wool, faux cashmere roving, Romney fleece, etc.

I also managed to snag a bag of random scraps from Julie at The Enablerie ( http://www.facebook.com/Enablerie) last week, it arrived yesterday! I was running a little low on cardable bits to run through my drum carder so this was exactly the boost my carding supply stash needed! One project that is in the works involves a large amount my Bedlam batts, so this will supplement it wonderfully. 🙂

Under all things (Sp)inspiration, this morning on my drive to work I was at a stop light and this happened!

I was so shocked (it was really rather low, as you can see by the powerlines in the photo) that I almost dropped my phone in my haste to get it captured on film. The guy up there in the basket waved, seemingly unphased that he was rather low to the treetops but a few minutes later I saw the balloon again and while still low, it seemed to be gaining some altitude. As it’s probably pretty obvious by now, I’m all about the rainbow themes so this was a uplifting (no pun intended!) moment for me on what was otherwise a rather sluggish morning.

I hope everyone has a lovely weekend, I know I certainly will!

Progress!

Any Stephen King fans out there? As creepy on every level that the book The Tommyknockers was, I have never been able to shake off what a brilliant concept it would be to be able to get things done while occupied elsewhere. I’d rather not turn into an alien though, so scratch that concept.

Really though, lack of time and not enough hours in the day plagues me constantly. I stay busy because I have to and because I have this wild dream that someday I’m going to quit flying a desk and spend my time playing with the dye pots and the spinning wheels. I’m a pretty firm believer in making things happen. What I’m not is patient!

The last couple days though I’ve managed to successfully get a lot done even when I wasn’t around to supervise, and I have the hot temperatures and blazing sun to thank for it. Solar dyeing has helped me knock out 12 skeins of sock yarn in 2 days, not bad at all. How fast can I skein it, that’s pretty much what drives the progress at this point!

I had started out by dyeing some Romney fleece in a rainbow (surprise, surprise!) of solid/varieagated colors:

Hugely encouraged by this success, I moved onto the above mentioned sock yarn. Skeins drying (they will look much better when fully dry and reskeined, you trust me on that) from yesterday and today:

 

 

 

And a sneak peek of worsted weights to be available shortly!

 

I once heard that the definition of multitasking is not giving any one thing your full and undivided attention. Maybe in the professional world but in the yarn world, I seriously beg to differ. 🙂

Oh, hello!

I figured I should blow the dust off this blog and you know, actually use it! I’m still around, still spinning and dyeing yarn! Mostly these days I can be found at Facebook, I have a page there for my yarn under “Fabulosity Yarn by Joy Hayworth” that anyone can join. In fact, the more the merrier. I’ve been updating my page regularly with photos, shop news, etc.

But I was thinking today, that since Facebook took off in such a huge way there seem to be less blogs available for spinning and dyeing. Maybe I’m not looking in the right place, but I know that when those that I do follow update I get hugely excited to see what they’ve been up to.

My point is, I’m going to try to do better at updating this blog for all things Fabulosity Yarn. I keep an online journal elsewhere and I’m pretty sure my friends are sick and tired of my rambling on and on and on and on (and on!) about the yarn. So, I thought why not come back here and give it the attention it really deserves? I’m a little slow on the uptake sometimes.

Right now as of this writing it is July in Montana. July means hot. It also is the time of year when I start working on building inventory for Fall arts and crafts shows, my Etsy store, etc. High temps and a hot kitchen don’t really go hand in hand. This past weekend I decided to give solar dyeing a try and I have not been disappointed for one second!

Solar dyeing is really almost ridiculously easy. I hate to quote that Ron Popeil guy but you really do set it and forget it when it comes to this dye method. I fortunately have some good sized glass jars on hand as wells as others in a variety of sizes that were just sitting there unused. I started out the weekend by layering some merino roving in a gallon glass jar and sprinkling a rainbow of acid dye colors over it. By the end of the day the dye had all absorbed/exhausted and the water was clear. Success!

Sunday, entirely encouraged by the results of day 1, I grabbed a pound of Romney fleece that I scoured a couple weeks ago and smushed it into more jars with dye, hot water and vinegar. As you can see, the rainbow theme carried through the weekend! Again at the end of the day I was thankful for almost 100 degree temps and a much cooler kitchen.

Also on Sunday I dyed two 8-ounce bundles of faux cashmere in gallon jars. These babies were so hot at the end of the day I needed oven mitts to get them back in the house! That’s the thing, be careful if you do this! Water heated by the sun in a glass jar is hot and broken glass is not good so, you know, caution!

All that fiber now drying, I shifted my focus to sock yarn. This morning before leaving for the day job I put six skeins out to solar dye, I am admittedly dorking out about getting home tonight to see what results I will get! One of the hardest things about having a day job and still trying to be a spinner/dyer is that I am often struck by inspiration when at work and unable to do much if anything about it. The knowledge that I’m still getting something done on the yarn front while I’m working my day job is oddly soothing.

As long as the hot temps last, solar dyeing is going to be a part of my routine. It’s all about finding the silver lining, apparently! 🙂

Long past due update.

That resounding thud was just me falling off the yarn journal wagon. Has it really been since January since I wrote here last? Good thing this site doesn’t get a lot of traffic!

Obviously am still in the yarn business, I just stink when it comes to updating!

A few things of note for housekeeping.   I have a group page over at Facebook that anybody can join, just search for the group Fabulosity Yarn. I’m also at Ravelry, again listed as Fabulosity. I’m all over the place, actually. Which is probably why my updating skills leave something to be desired!

Once again this year I will be at the Holiday Festival Crafts & Bazaar in Sheridan, Wyoming. The show is always the weekend before Thanksgiving, so this year it is Saturday, November 20. I love that show, I always see familiar faces from both vendors and attendees who come back every year.

In the meantime, I’ll (try to) do better about updating, if there’s anybody out there still reading, hi!

Happy New Year!

Wow, 2010, I can hardly fathom it!

I had the good fortune of having four days off work over New Years, I am almost dreading going back to work tomorrow because I’ve gotten used to doing everything that falls under “not work” during my time off.

As usual, there was a lot of yarning going on in my house. Yesterday I spent amost the entire day dyeing roving, today I spent several hours spinning. I have 3 new skeins of handspun twist setting and about 50 skeinlets to wind.

I realized a few days ago that a lot of the supplies for carding that I’d accumulated in the past three years are rapidly dwindling. I guess I shouldn’t be so surprised, I have carded a lot of fiber, especially for what eventually becomes my Bedlam yarns since I bought my drumcarder in 2007. Building supply for me from the beginning had to be a gradual thing due to financial constraints, I suspect rebuilding will come about in the same manner.

If anything, I find myself wishing I lived in a community that had a spinning/fiber arts store. We have a couple yarn stores here but the spinning supplies are almost nonexistant other than undyed roving or the occasional solid color. It  irritates me because I’m pretty much a instant gratification sort of person and having to order everything online does nothing for my impatience factor. In July 2009 I visited my best friend Jen, who lives in Maine. We made several trips to the Portland Fiber Gallery & Weaving Studio while I was there and I was so impressed with the fact that all I had to do was grab bags and start stuffing assorted fibers and blendables into them. I would so dearly love to own or co-own a spinning/yarn/fiber arts store with Jen some day!  Though I wonder if we’d spin it all before we could sell it!

Rambling on, as usual!

Here are some photos of recently listed items at my etsy store: fabulosity.etsy.com

Skeinlet Sensation (mini skeins of my handspun) I’ve offered over 50 of these not counting custom orders!

Bedlam yarns, as mentioned above:

Handpainted commercially spun yarn:

And a new to me creation, Scraptastic yarns:

I didn’t make any resolutions this year, I never keep them anyway! I do plan to kick up the spinning an dyeing to even higher levels than before, I think I have finally struck a good balance when it comes to managing my day job, home, kid, husband and online college courses (why yes, I have indeed lost my mind!). It sounds crazy busy, and it is. But it’s all doable.

Happy New Year everyone and if you’ve stayed with me to this point, thanks!

Hello December, Hello Winter!

It snowed here yesterday.  Two days ago I walked to the libary without a coat and a care in the world. This morning it was 8 degrees (minus windchill, and I’m not ready to even think about that), so a bit of a change!

The show this year in Sheridan, Wyoming was good. It’s always fun to meet to new people and see others return from years past. After the show my mom and I were talking and decided that yes, we will do it again next year. One of my friends has a saying about big events that she does. When people ask her during the event if she’s going to do it next year she says “Don’t talk to me about my next baby when I’m labor” and I think that is so true. That’s why my mom and I never decided until after the show is over and everything is back where it should be.

Which, unfortunately for me, is still not true. That busy weekend followed by another busy weekend of traveling for Thanksgiving and my work area once again looks as though a yarn and wool bomb went off inside it. This weekend I’m determined to get everything back in its place and finish listing the yarn that I took to the show that wasn’t already in my Etsy shop beforehand.

Here are some photos of our booth this year, I was very pleased! The addition of our own lighting made a huge difference. It was hard work getting all the furniture, tables and assorted props in (we took a van and a full sized pickup, both fully loaded) but it was really worth it.

So if you were there and stopped by, thanks! And if not and you live in the area, I’ll see you next year!

Holiday Festival Crafts & Bazaar 2009

Well hello there! It’s that time of year again! November usually means NaNoWriMo to most, but to me it means that it is time for the Holiday Festival Crafts & Bazaar! This will be the 3rd consecutive year that I’ve attended with my mom and this year we have 3 other people joining us to really make our booth full of all sorts of wonderful handmade goodness.

I will be there with my wheel, lots of wool and lots and lot and lots of yarn. Lots. I’m rather overwhelmed and this is just the yarn!

I also have a giant bowl full of skeinlets (mini yarn skeins), wool soap socks, fabric covered buttons, felted beads, mittens, scarves, a few bags and omg I am forgetting because my head will explode if I try to think of it all now!

My mom will be there with her handwoven baskets, tapestry tablerunners, hardanger embroidery and the cutest wee felted purse/pouch things I’ve ever seen. My sister has put together a great assortment of handmade envelopes and cards, my friend Karen has over 2 dozen felted bags as well as a large assortment of scarves and shawls. My friend Danielle is bringing a whole bunch of felted slippers (they look like clogs, they are so cute and I can vouch for their comfyness!), and amazing felted hats as well as a wide array of knitted hats for babies.

I am super excited, as I always am this time of year! It’s a long day but it’s so much fun and we have been fortunate enough to be located in the same area every year so people have started to remember us or come looking for us, which is always flattering.

So as always, if you find yourself in Sheridan, Wyoming on Saturday, November 21 come see us! We’ll be at the Sheridan Holiday Inn at 1809 Surgarland Drive. The show starts at 9 a.m. and ends at 4 p.m. Sheridan is going to be the place to be, there are SEVEN shows next weekend! I love it. I love every single crazy minute of it!

Fabulous Yarns, Fabulous Things!